Small community mourns the loss of 2 women killed in bus crash

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by WHAS11

WHAS11.com

Posted on January 10, 2013 at 8:10 PM

Updated Thursday, Jan 10 at 8:21 PM

LEAVENWORTH, Ind. (WHAS11) -- The community of Leavenworth is mourning the loss of two Crawford County School Employees. They died in a car crash Wednesday.

Pam Goldman, a longtime bus driver, and Carol Roser a bus monitor had just dropped off a bus load of kids with special needs.

Goldman and Roser had a deep history with the school district.

"In Crawford County everybody is friends and family, you know each other. If you don't know that person you know their cousins, their grandkids or their husbands or wife,"  Mark Eastridge, Superintendent Crawford County Schools said.

"Both women were such a big part of the school. Pam drove buses here since 1997 . Carol has children that attend Leavenworth Elementary. Her daughter is also a bus driver." 

Not just the school district but the community is trying to make sense of the car accident that cost them their lives. Pam and Carol had just dropped off a bus full of special needs children. They only got a mile outside of Washington County when they school vehicle they were driving, veered off the road and crashed into a van, killing both. It has deeply affected the children they drove everyday

"The parents have told me how much they will miss their friends. They know that whenever they are on that bus, their children are safe, they are cared for. And they were very confident in knowing they had those folks dedicated to them, " Eastridge said.

For this small community it is a loss that cannot be replaced. 

The passenger of the van was treated at a local hospital and released. The cause of the crash is still under investigation. Funeral arrangements for both women are still pending.

 

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